Collection AR80 - Croydon Darby and Joan Club Ledger

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AR80

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Croydon Darby and Joan Club Ledger

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  • 1945-1974 (Creation)

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Croydon Darby and Joan Club (1945)

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Croydon Darby and Joan Club was established in April 1945, at the initiative of the Mayor of Croydon, George Lewin, and with the support of Sir Herbert Williams MP. The first President was Geoffrey Fisher, Archibishop of Canterbury. It was the second Darby and Joan Club in the country, the first being at Streatham. The club was a social centre for the elderly: membership was free to all old age pensioners, and it offered cheap meals and teas, hot baths, leisure facilities (a lounge, a billiard room, a sewing room, a library, a television room, etc), and events such as whist drives and outings. The club was initially based in Haling Cottage, 76 Brighton Road (leased from the Whitgift Foundation), which formally opened in July 1945. It subsequently moved to freehold premises at `Parkhyrst, 58 Addiscombe Road, which opened in July 1948.

The club was a Limited Company without share capital. It was largely financed by voluntary contributions, including one-off and covenanted donations; and through a range of fundraising activities.

Archival history

Found among miscellaneous volumes at the Whitgift Hospital, 1995 and donated by the Whitgift Archives. Possibly maintained by one of the Governors, or the Clerk. From 1945-1948 the Club was run at Haling Cottage, occupied on a 3-year lease from the Whitgift Foundation at 163200 pa, paid by the Bishop of Croydon.

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Accession Number: A80

Croydon Darby and Joan Club ledger

Ledger of Croydon Darby and Joan Club Ltd, containing details of donations and covenants

Item date: 1945-1974

Accession date: 13/3/1995

Custodial history: Found among miscellaneous volumes at the Whitgift Hospital, 1995. Possibly maintained by one of the Governors, or the Clerk. From 1945-1948 the Club was run at Haling Cottage, occupied on a 3-year lease from the Whitgift Foundation at 200 pa, paid by the Bishop of Croydon.

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Ledger of Croydon Darby and Joan Club Ltd, containing details of donations and covenants. Openings 1-9 are in the form of a daybook, in which income (mainly donations and subscriptions) is recorded in chronological order, May 1945 - Jan 1947. Openings 10 - 128 (with gaps) are in the form of a ledger, arranged by name of donor, in which covenanted payments are recorded, 1948 - 1974.

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24/06/2015

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